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When I heard my toddler mutter “I do what I want” the other day, I cringed and realized it was about time that we put a little more structure in place.
Yes, he’s only 3, but the benefits of delegating tasks and incorporating your child into family jobs are invaluable. Kids get such a sense of pride from doing what mom and dad do.
Contributing to the household is a method of freedom that toddlers so desperately crave. This is why they may say things like “I do what I want” and “I’m the boss”. They are trying to voice, find and establish their autonomy.